Two of our constitutional amendments played an important role in public education. In 1791, the 10th Amendment stated, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to … Continue reading It’s time to restructure the US Department of Education
By Jeff Bryant with The Progressive: The Fight Against Standardized Testing is More Diverse Than You Think In 2013, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tried to minimize the movement against standardized testing, saying it was confined to “white suburban … Continue reading Opting out of standardized testing is a diverse movement
From the Truth in American Education, An admission of Federal manipulation through Race to the Top: Arne Duncan’s former chief of staff pulls back the curtain on Race to the Top We couldn’t keep up with the enormous load of … Continue reading How we got the Common Core Standards: Federal Manipulation Through Race to the Top
The self-designation of “reformer” by people who have never been in the classroom and have no actual training or experience in education is a smokescreen. What they are really after is profitability for their investor-owned charter school corporations that will deliver as little education for … Continue reading We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here’s why
From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as of the time of this writing opted out of last … Continue reading 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment
In the state of Washington, the math standards have been lowered by accepting the Common Core Standards. Before the state legislature even knew what the new standards would be, the legislators in their divine knowledge, accepted Race to the Top … Continue reading The big fail of Common Core Standards
Much is going on in the wide world of education. Every time I’m ready to wrap up this post, something new comes across the wires so let’s get started. First up: Thanks to our state legislators who understand the negative ramifications of tying test scores to teacher evaluations, the bill that would have brought new meaning to the term “high stakes testing” was shot down even after Arne Duncan had a special meeting with our Governor explaining to him the importance of the Federal government determining local education policy. It will behoove all of us to remember the members of our … Continue reading The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?
The State of Washington signed on to administer the Common Core Standards in our schools with approval of the ed reform Bill 6696. That means that there will be new textbooks, lesson plans, worksheets with correlating homework and tests to make sure that our students are all on the same page at the same time no matter the location of the district or your child’s abilities or the level of each class academically. Charter schools, option schools or public schools, each student is to know the same material at the same time at the same age. Is that how actual children grow … Continue reading The facts about the Common Core Standards
First piece of news is that I’ve been published. Yes, it’s a teeny tiny chapter in a book with some heavy hitters but still, I have something to brag about now. The book is definitely worth checking out. The title is Left Behind in the Race to the Top: Realities of School Reform. Now onto the news. Michelle Rhee is back in the news since the Atlanta cheating scandal hit the papers recently. Ms. Rhee’s reign in DC continues to haunt her. One of these times, someone besides her best bud the now DC Chancellor Maya Henderson, might take on … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Parent Trigger- “It’s a scam”, the charter school waiting list scam in Chicago and elsewhere, the Common Core Standards dumped by the RNC and more
The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed “We spend lifetimes developing community assets, then give them away to a corporation for lifetimes to come.” The same folks who brought economic disaster to the world as we knew it are now going after our public entities including public education. We’ll start with this article by Paul Buchheit posted at AlterNet: 5 Ways Privatization Is Ruining America A grand delusion has been planted in the minds of Americans, that privately run systems are more efficient and less costly than those in the public sector. Most of the evidence points the … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Word for the week- “Privatization”
The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. We’ll start with this commentary on the Gates Foundation and how it has lost its way. A non-profit can have too much money. Reforming Gates In my last post I wrote about the pattern at the Gates Foundation of abusing the idea of “research” and “evidence” to advance its education policy agenda. Gates has an organizational culture that permits intellectual corruption. There are good people at Gates doing good work, but there is something rotten about the organization that needs to be changed if they hope to succeed over the long … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and vouchers. A few of my favorite things.
Another busy week in the world of education so let’s get started. First up, Arne Duncan gets mic checked in Austin. Go Occupy Austin! and the Parents Across America affiliate, Coalition SAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), who participated in the event. And while you’re at it, you can order your very own Dump Duncan mug and have a cup of joe while enjoying this video run over and over again. Then there is the #TheActionProject – High School Students Changing Public Education making their voices heard. They have a 10-point plan to fix public education: This is who they are … Continue reading Weekly Update: Arne Duncan mic checked, Brian Jones on Racism, Class and Education, and students speak up in South Bronx